I often get emails asking about our learning,playing and day to day life, asking how we do it, if we follow any guidelines when it comes to educating our little ones.
I have been thinking about that a lot recently, and I would describe our family life as very Waldorf inspired.
Every morning we begin our day with circle time and a good morning song,
followed by our daily calendar activity.
We then sit down at the table together for our family breakfast and say a blessing before we eat.
Our blessings in the kitchen:
After breakfast we go for a walk to get all the morning crazies out, it really allows us to have a much calmer day.
When we come back home from our adventure we sit down with a snack and a story and do some handwork,
embroidering, modelling beeswax,finger-knitting or bracelet making:
I love the very cleverly used toe to keep the bracelet tight!
We usually play games untill it is time to prepare lunch,
though we do stop to make the bread dough, because it needs time to rise.
I really believe that children should help prepare food,and I find that especially bread is a great thing for little ones to make.
Pretend lunch being prepared while our food cooks:
After lunch we often put on some music and have a little dance, or we go back outside to collect bits of nature for our nature table.
We end our day after dinner when the little ones go to bed with a song , a story and a good-night kiss,
whispering secrets to the African worry dolls before they drift off to sleep.
We prefer natural toys like pine-cones, rocks,seashells & wool roving,
and toys made from wood. We don’t own any battery operated toys, but we do have a duplo basket .
We have been sent many beautiful things by friends, like this sweet little gnome by Miri and the beautiful pregnant Mama by Marina.
The tea-light holders and felted pebble are child & Mama made.
We make a lot of our toys & decorations ourselves, and we are very grateful to lovely Lucy and her brilliant little ones who sent some beautiful fairy wool our way, we have been crafting even more than usual.
I love fairy wool, it is the easiest thing to work with, even for young children.
A hanging star to catch our wishes:
Many of the things in our home have stories and memories attached to them, like the owl picture that I made for Anthony many years ago, or the felted heart that Angie sent our way.
The framed drawing is a portrait of Arthur that Emily drew when he was just two weeks old, it is called “Arthur Crying “.
(The elf is Mama made & has many brothers and sisters who are just now on their way to their new homes with some dear friends.)
It might not be the proper way of doing it, but I am grateful for the way we live, & I am grateful for friends who share this love of handmade,natural things ,
and I am truly grateful for my sweet children and their smiles , their imagination and their creations.
Iit’s all about the balance!
Wishing you a joyful day!